Dr Richard Muhlack
Dr Richard Muhlack has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and 16+ years of wine sector experience in various industry and research roles across process analysis and simulation, cleaner production and energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, waste treatment and environmental management. In 2007 his research was the subject of an Econsearch report commissioned by GWRDC "Cost Benefit Analysis of a GWRDC Hero Project". In 2008 Dr Muhlack was awarded a DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award (GWRDC Award).
In January 2014 Dr Muhlack transitioned from industry-based R&D (with the Hardy Wine Company across 1999-2008 and then AWRI from 2008-2014) to the University of Adelaide and now holds an academic position within the School of Agriculture Food and Wine, where he is working to pursue research and technical development projects in the following areas:
* Kinetic modelling of fermentation, extraction, adsorption processes during food and wine production
* Industrial Process Simulation and Optimisation
* Process efficiency and techno-economics
* CFD modelling and design of food and beverage process equipment
* Instrumentation and process automation
* Image analysis
* Energy and Water Efficiency
* Refrigeration, HEX networks and Cleaner Production
* Winery Engineering
* Winery Wastewater Treatment
|2014||Lecturer - Fermentation / Process Engineering||The University of Adelaide|
|2008||Award||DAFF Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientists Award Winner|
|2004||Fellowship||Roger Pysden Memorial Fellowship|
|2002 - 2005||The University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD (Chemical Engineering)|
|1996 - 1999||The University of Adelaide||Australia||BE (Chem) Hons|
|2017||Marshall, J., Morton, B., Muhlack, R., Chittleborough, D. & Kwong, C. (2017). Recovery of phosphate from calcium-containing aqueous solution resulting from biochar- induced calcium phosphate precipitation.. Journal of Cleaner Production, 165, 27-35.
|2016||Muhlack, R., O Neill, B., Waters, E. & Colby, C. (2016). Optimal Conditions for Controlling Haze-Forming Wine Protein with Bentonite Treatment: Investigation of Matrix Effects and Interactions Using a Factorial Design. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 9, 6, 936-943.
|2012||Marangon, M., Van Sluyter, S., Robinson, E., Muhlack, R., Holt, H., Haynes, P. ... Waters, E. (2012). Degradation of white wine haze proteins by Aspergillopepsin I and II during juice flash pasteurization. Food Chemistry, 135, 3, 1157-1165.
|2007||Muhlack, R., Waters, E., Lim, A., O'Neill, B. & Colby, C. (2007). An alternative method for purification of a major thaumatin-like grape protein (VVTL1) responsible for haze formation in white wine. Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2, 1, 70-74.
|2006||Muhlack, R., Nordestgaard, S., Waters, E., O'Neill, B., Lim, A. & Colby, C. (2006). In-line dosing for bentonite fining of wine or juice: Contact time, clarification, product recovery and sensory effects. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 12, 3, 221-234.
|2005||Waters, E., Alexander, G., Muhlack, R., Pocock, K., Colby, C., O'Neill, B. ... Jones, P. (2005). Preventing protein haze in bottled white wine. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 11, 2, 215-225.
|2012||Stockley, C., Varela, C., Coulter, A., Dry, P., Francis, I., Muhlack, R. & Pretorius, I. (2012). Controlling the highs and the lows of alcohol in wine. In A. S. Peeters (Ed.), Wine: Types, Production and Health (pp. 281-299). USA: Nova Science Publishers.|
|2011||O'Neill, B., Van Heeswijck, T. & Muhlack, R. (2011). Models for predicting wine fermentation kinetics. Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering. Sydney.|
|2009||van Eyk, P., Muhlack, R. & Ashman, P. (2009). Gasification of grape marc in a circulating fluidised bed. Australian Combustion Symposium. Brisbane.|
|2004||Muhlack, R., Waters, E., O'Neill, B., Lim, A. & Colby, C. (2004). New insights into the adsorption of haze-forming proteins by bentonite during winemaking. CHEMECA. A. A. Adesina (Ed.) Sydney, Australia.|
|2015||Kwong, C. W. & Muhlack, R. A., (2015). Improving vineyard water efficiency by addition of biochar derived from grape stalks and vineyard prunings,|
|2016 - ongoing||Member||American Society of Enology and Viticulture||United States|
|2015 - ongoing||Member||Winery Engineers Association||Australia|
|2014 - ongoing||Member||Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology||Australia|